• Informed by myth, this damning exploration of man's detachment from the animal world is ninth in a staggeringly learned series

    Stuart Jeffries, Guardian
  • A poetic, erudite exploration of history, myth and hunting as the first 'art for art's sake' . . . Calasso practises a sort of literary palaeoarchaeology . . . he writes like a poet, not a professor, in glinting, enigmatic nuggets of narrative finely voiced by his translator Richard Dixon

    Financial Times
  • Allusive ... dazzlingly eclectic ... The Celestial Hunter is an 'initiation through the book', speculative but capable of changing how you see things

    Dominic Green, Spectator
  • Calasso is especially good at describing the characters of myth and legend with a novelist's omniscient authority ... whose flow of associations leaves you feeling not out of your depth, but smarter and better read

    A. E. Stallings, New York Times

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